Presidential Candidates


Mason Dunleavy, News Editor

Starting Nov. 12, candidates for the University of North Dakota’s presidency will be on campus to meet with students, faculty and the Presidential Search Committee. Public Forums will happen on the second day of the candidate’s visit from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., locations unclear at this time. These meetings will end on Nov. 21 with a final decision from the State Board of Higher Education occurring on Dec. 3.

Beginning the interview process on Nov. 12-13 is Dr. Robert Marley. Marley is currently the provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Previously, Marley has held multiple positions within Montana State University, including Dean of the College of Engineering, along with being a tenured professor. According to, during Deanship at MSU, Marley secured $25 million in funding and $30 million from being an “experienced fundraiser,” and “having developed private support from various initiatives.” Dr. Robert Marley earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering, along with his B.S. in General Science from Wichita State University.

Dr. Chuck Staben will be on campus Nov. 13-14. Staben was previously the President of the University of Idaho from 2014-2019 but had not renewed his contract due to a mutual agreement with the university. Dr. Staben’s time at the University of Idaho ended with his handling of the athletic department’s sexual assault allegations. Staben put Athletic Director Rob Spear on 60-day paid leave as he hired private investigators to look into the handling of allegations against a football player. While working as president for the University of Idaho, Staben was a finalist for the presidential candidacy at the University of New Mexico. Previously, Dr. Staben was provost at the University of South Dakota from 2008-2014. After earning his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois, Dr. Staben got his Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley.

For Nov. 14-15 is Dr. David Rosowsky. Dr. Rosowsky previously served as Provost and Senior Vice President of the University of Vermont from 2013-2019. This role also involved being the chief budget officer for the University of Vermont. Before working as provost of the University of Vermont, Dr. Rosowsky also worked at Texas A&M where he was the head of the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering. Rosowsky has been valued high for his everlasting optimism and he’s frequently introduced as the “cheerleader-in-chief.” Dr. Rosowsky earned his M.S. and B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tufts University and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins.

After a little break, Dr. Laurie Stenberg Nichols will be visiting Nov. 18-19. Dr. Nichols was previously the President of the University of Wyoming before starting her position as Interim President at Black Hills State University. Nichols was the first woman to hold the presidency at the University of Wyoming. Before her endeavor into Wyoming, Dr. Nichols held a variety of positions during her time at South Dakota State University, including provost and vice president of academic affairs. Nichols got her B.S. in economics from SDSU, an M.S. in vocational and adult education from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

Dr. Paul Tikalsky will follow on Nov. 19-20. Dr. Tikalsky is currently the Dean of the College of Engineering at Oklahoma State University. Tikalsky has assisted in raising more than $120 million to support scholarships and facilities. Previously, Dr. Tikalsky was a Professor at Penn State University as well as the Director of the CATO Materials Laboratory. After his B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Tikalsky got his M.S. and Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

To end the meetings will be Dr. Andrew Armacost on Nov. 20-21. Brigadier General Andrew Armacost is currently the Dean of the Faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Along with overseeing the instruction of 4,000 cadets, Dr. Armacost also handles faculty resources totaling more than $350 million. Previous to his appointment as Dean, Armacost held a Permanent Professor position and was the Head of the Department of Management. Dr. Armacost got his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and continued to get his M.S and Ph.D. in Operations Research and Philosophy from Cambridge.